WAS NM Conference HB

The Western Apicultural Society of North America presents,

“COLONY CONSCIOUSNESS: Working Together to Preserve, Protect & Promote Our Pollinators” 

October 16-19, 2013

 La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico- USA

This conference features a unique diverse lineup with inviting forums highlighting honeybee health, management and research, alternative pollinators, apitherapy, a benefit pollinator art exhibit, vendors and exhibitors from beekeeping and farming and health organizations.

Also Featuring:

FREE Benefit Pollinator Art Exhibit by Santa Fe artist Kathryn Alexander and Friends

Opening Reception Thursday, October 17th from 5:30-7:00 pm

And….FREE BEE BUZZ KIDS’ CORNER Friday, October 18th from 3-6 pm

To Register and for lodging details visit, http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2 or email ziaqueenbees@hotmail.com

Tel: 505/901-2102


Wednesday, October 16

1:00 – 5:00 pm WAS BOARD Meeting
1:00 – 5:00 Set up – Exhibitor/Vendors & Silent Auction
5:00 – 9:00 Registration
7:00-?  BEE BUZZ SOCIAL: Mosey on down to the Marble Brewery for discounted brew and Rooftop Pizza! Meet WAS board members, State and Province Directors, Beekeepers, Scientists, Farmers and Artists! Overlooking the the 400 year old Santa Fe plaza with its traditional Native American artisan walkway and modern day eclectic galleries and shops.
Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 17

8:00 – 10:00am Registration
8:30 – 8:45am Welcome WAS President/NM President
8:45 – 9:15 Setting the stage – Dr. Jerry Bromenshank: ” The Future of Beekeeping” en memoriam Jim Bach, WAS Treasurer

Track – Genetics and Stock Improvement

9:15 – 10:00am Speaker & discussion Dr. John Kefuss: “Why we buy our varroa mites at $12,000
a pound” – The Great Varroa Challenge
10:00 – 10:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits
10:30 – 11:15 Speaker & discussion Dr. Steve Shepard: “Bee breeding – can we see the
11:15 – 12:00 Speaker & discussion Mark Spitzig: “How Old Are Your Drone’s Mothers?”- Selection criteria for Queen Production”
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch on your own & networking

Track – Colony Management

1:30 – 2:15pm Speaker & discussion Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman “Varroa population
dynamics and what it means for mite control strategies”
2:15 – 3:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. Gordon Wardell “Honey bee nutrition: Have we
learned anything in the last 10 years?”
3:00 – 3:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits
3:30 – 4:15 Speaker & discussion Les Crowder “Top bar hive management”
4:15 – Visit to Kate Whealan’s top bar apiary (car pool – 10 mins)
5:30 – 7:00pm “Tiny heroes: Celebrating the Beauty of Our Pollinators”
Kathryn Alexander benefit art exhibit opening reception- on the balcony on the
second (Mezzanine) floor.With Presentations by Ken Bowers (Pollinating Plants)
& Joyce Roetter ( HoShinDo Apitherapy)
Dinner on your own
8:00pm – Brother Adam movie

Friday, October 18

8:00 – 10:00am Registration

Track – Colony Management

8:30 – 9:15am Speaker & discussion Jenny Bach: “A diverse approach: Natural techniques
Hawai’i’s beekeepers considered that support colonies for years to come” (with
Jen Rasmussen and Christina Yahn)
9:15 – 10:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. John Kefuss: “To treat or not to treat”
10:00 – 10:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits

Track – Educating Beekeepers and the Public

10:30 – 11:00am Speaker & discussion Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk: “Internet beekeeping – facts,
fictions, and myths”
11:00 – 12:00 Speaker & discussion Joran Viers NMDA Extension “Good neighbors”
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch on your own & networking

Tracks – Education, Alternate Pollinators

1:30 – 2:15pm Speaker & discussion Dr. Eric Mussen (Education) “Pesticides and honey bees”

2:15 – 3:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. Gordon Wardell (Alternate Pollinators) “PAm, Almonds, Bees and BOBs: What Gordy has been up to”

3:00 – 3:30 Break & Networking/Exhibits

3:00 – 6:00pm Bee Buzz Kids’ Corner with help from Girl Scouts of NM Trails

3:30 – WAS Annnual Meeting, (Video presentation about the Alaska cruise option for

6:30pm – Banquet, Beekeeping in Santa Fe, Awards, end of Silent Auction, What’s on tomorrow

Saturday, October 19

8:00 – 10:00am Registration

Track – Human and Hive Health

8:30 – 9:15am Speaker & discussion Dr. Valerie Solheim: “”High Energy Fields and the Healthy
9:15 – 10:00 Speaker & discussion Dr. Steve Rankin: “New Mexico Honey & Antibiotic-
Resistant Infections”
10:00 – 10:30 Break/Exhibits
10:30 – 11:00 Speaker Conference Wrap – Melanie Kirby, Dr. Eric Mussen, Dr. Jerry

11:15pm – Enchanted Bee Tour leaves, lunch on the way (make sure you book for the tour
if you want to be on it – limited availability).

Tour Featuring Presentations by:

Ed Colby of Bee Culture’s “Bottom Board”monthly column with news from Apimondia

Christi Heintz, Executive Director of Project ApisM with Enchanted Forage for Pollinators Research

Mark Spitzig & Melanie Kirby of Zia Queenbee Co. with Rotational Grazing Concepts & Cooperative Beekeeping Efforts.

For lodging and registration information see flyers:

WAS poster